Just A Few Snarky Snippets

By all indications, Donald Trump is not working today, hasn’t worked since the election, in fact.  No word on what he is doing about the new surge of coronavirus cases, meetings with congressional leaders or cabinet heads, nothing.  The media, thankfully, is not covering his every word and move — they should have learned to ignore him long ago.  The silence is, as they say, golden.  On the other hand …

Joe Biden is already hard at work.  This morning he announced the members of his coronavirus task force, a group made up entirely of doctors and health experts, signaling his intent to seek a science-based approach to bring the raging pandemic under control.

Biden’s task force will have three co-chairs: Vivek H. Murthy, surgeon general during the Obama administration; David Kessler, Food and Drug Administration commissioner under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton; and Marcella Nunez-Smith, associate dean for health equity research at the Yale School of Medicine.

“Dealing with the coronavirus pandemic is one of the most important battles our administration will face, and I will be informed by science and by experts. The advisory board will help shape my approach to managing the surge in reported infections; ensuring vaccines are safe, effective, and distributed efficiently, equitably, and free; and protecting at-risk populations.” – President-elect Joe Biden

Note the bi-partisan composition of the group’s leadership.  The 13-member task force also includes former Trump administration officials, including Rick Bright, former head of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, who, after being demoted, spoke out against the administration’s approach to the pandemic. Luciana Borio, director for medical and biodefense preparedness on Trump’s National Security Council until 2019, is also on the panel.

The group includes several other prominent doctors:

  • Ezekiel Emanuel, chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Atul Gawande, a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a professor at Harvard Medical School who is a prolific author.
  • Michael T. Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.
  • Eric Goosby, global AIDS coordinator under President Barack Obama and professor of medicine at the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine.
  • Celine R. Gounder, clinical assistant professor of medicine and infectious diseases at New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine.
  • Julie Morita, executive vice president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a philanthropy focused on health issues.
  • Loyce Pace, president and executive director of the Global Health Council, a U.S.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to global health issues.
  • Robert Rodriguez, professor of emergency medicine at the UCSF School of Medicine.

Biden plans to call Republican and Democratic governors to ask for their help in developing a consistent message from federal and state leaders and will urge governors to adopt statewide mask mandates and to provide clear public health guidance to their constituents, including about social distancing and limiting large gatherings.

Joe Biden is actually going to DO something to try to help save lives!  What a novel thing for a president to do, eh?

Oh wait … I was wrong that Trump isn’t doing anything today.  Breaking news just in:  Trump has fired Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper.  Why?  Presumably because back in June, Esper disagreed with Trump’s plan to use active-duty military troops to quell Black Lives Matter protests in cities.  My best guess is that there will be more firings for petty, personal reasons … he has said more than once that he planned to fire both FBI Director Christopher Wray and Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, after the election.  He can’t actually fire Dr. Fauci, for only the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has that ability.

But back to Joe Biden, who is constructing rather than destructing, building rather than tearing down …

Biden and his team have planned a weeklong focus on health care, and Mr. Biden is expected to announce some key White House positions, including his chief of staff.  No doubt he and his transition team are also working on his cabinet picks, which they say will be announced later this month.

In other news, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Ben Carson, is the latest in Trump’s administration to fall prey to the coronavirus, after attending a pseudo-victory party at the White House last Tuesday night.  It’s interesting to note that Carson was a well-respected neurosurgeon in his previous career, before leaving to enter politics on Trump’s coattails, and yet he eschews mask-wearing and other precautions such as avoiding large crowds.  While I don’t wish the man any harm and do hope he makes a full recovery, I have to say he brought this one on himself.  There were some 200 people at that gathering … how many more of those, I wonder, will test positive this week?

30 thoughts on “Just A Few Snarky Snippets

    • I wouldn’t go quite that far, Suze, they did serve willingly under him for awhile, so they are not without sin, if you will pardon the expression. Just because they started seeing the error of their ways does not mean they are Snowflakes yet.

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    • Well, if Trump fired them, it means they must have had a conscience at some point and crossed him the wrong way. But then again … they went to work for him to start with. I would say that some would be more than welcomed into the Biden administration, such as Alexander Vindman, Bill Taylor, Gordon Sondland, Marie Yovanovitch and others who were willing to put their careers on the line to publicly testify against Trump. Esper … I’m not sure yet. He did, after all, order the attack on peaceful protestors so that Trump could have his photo op a few months ago holding a bible in front of a church. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

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  1. Jill, we should all stay vigilant, firing Esper is not a petty act of revenge. Trump is setting up some sort of military response and needed to replacement the former Secretary of Defense with a stooge that will do his bidding. Yes this is a conspiracy theory for now, but you never know what that dangerous whackjob would do when it’s time to leave office. It appears he’s not transitioning gently into that good night.

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      • Trump just replaced 4 senior officials at the Pentagon. After the Pentagon’s acting police chief stepped down, he was replaced by Anthony Tatum, a retired Army Brigadier General. These newly installed officials insist that Trump won the election, and deep state voter fraud was responsible for Biden’s victory. It’s seems they’re intent on staging a coup to keep Trump permanently installed. Hmmm… what could possibly go wrong?

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        • Like Neil, I think any attempt at a coup is destined to fail, for I still believe there are enough people in our government and in the military who prefer a democratic government to a dictatorship and who will uphold their oath to the Constitution, not to Donald Trump.

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          • I don’t have as much faith in our gov’t as you do. There’s a possibility, however slight, that a military coup is taking place and the DOD is working with the Trump administration to overturn this election and install Trump for another 4 years. I know it sounds crazy, but look at what Trump has been doing in the Pentagon, State Dept, and Supreme Court. Are we witnessing a coup in progress but too afraid to admit it? I just don’t know for sure.

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            • It may well be what he and some of his cronies are planning, or think they can pull off, but … I think they’d find themselves to be seriously mistaken. If I believed that they could pull it off, I would be yelling at the top of my lungs, but I think that all they are going to accomplish is to rile their followers until they take their guns and start wreaking havoc. While I have long said we are becoming a banana republic, we ain’t there yet, my friend, and the Constitution does still mean something even to most of the Supreme Court Justices, with the likely exception of Amy Barrett and maybe Brett Kavanaugh. The military generals have plainly stated that their oath of loyalty is to the Constitution, not Donald Trump. He can play his games … but meanwhile, he is NOT doing the job he was hired to do. Have you even heard him mention the pandemic in the past month? We set yet another new record today, and he cannot be bothered to think about it, so worried is he about his own fortunes. No, if he attempts a third-world-style coup, he will not succeed.

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    • I expect him to fire others, but yes, I do see it as a petty act of revenge, just as he has threatened to fire Dr. Fauci for not ‘going along’ with his rhetoric that the pandemic is “over”, “going away”, or “rounding a corner”. The military, the generals in particular, have taken an oath that they take very seriously. That oath is NOT to Donald Trump, but rather to this nation. They will uphold their oaths, no matter who is Secretary of Defense. Trump will not sleep in the White House after the night of January 19th … no matter what.

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      • I do agree that Trump is petty and vindictive, but he’s also adept at deceit. He’s trying to upset the election result by any means necessary. Generals are not above partisan politics and are under the command of the executive branch. For better or worse Trump is their commander in chief. I do believe you are correct that Trump will not occupy the WH after the 19th, but it won’t be for the lack of trying.


  2. I wonder how many people will catch coronavirus from dancing in the streets and gathering in large crowds to celebrate a victory that officially hasn’t been called yet? for anyone who catches this disease under those circumstances, did they bring it on themselves as well? If not, why not?

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  3. Well summarized. It was so nice to hear the president elect say the things we needed to hear that was long overdue. The incumbent president was firing someone who fell out of favor. That speaks volumes. Keith

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    • It is nice, isn’t it? It’s like … a breath of fresh air. Yes, the incumbent and his minions are out to stir the pot, but … bottom line is that they have no spoon with which to stir. They are using … cheap plastic utensils.


    • ‘Twould not surprise me … I heard that he was on the golf course on Saturday when news broke that he had lost the election. Yes, that is really the only plausible reason or excuse for him firing Esper. Now, the speculation is that he’s hoping that with Esper gone, the military won’t be so willing to physically remove him from the White House on January 20th. Ha ha … guess again.

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